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AMPAS’ Foreign Language Film Award

Under the Shadow was selected by BAFTA for the 2016 Academy Awards

BAFTA is the organisation appointed by AMPAS (the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) to select the UK’s submission for consideration for the Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

Any British film (feature or documentary) that is predominantly non-English language and released theatrically in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 may be eligible.

Under the Shadow, directed by Babak Anvari, was selected by BAFTA for the 2016 Academy Awards. The film went on to win Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer at the EE British Academy Film Awards, and was also nominated for Outstanding British Film.

In recent years, the UK selection has included Karl Francis’ Hope Eternal in 2008, Havana Marking’s Afghan Star in 2009, Marc Evans’ Patagonia in 2011, and Sean Ellis' Metro Manila in 2014.

If you are aware of a film that you think might be eligible, please contact [email protected] by Friday 7 July 2017.

For more information about the Oscars and the Foreign Language Film Award, visit